table set for Thanksgiving
 Miki Duisterhoff

Celebration of Abundance

Don’t be afraid to go overboard on your formal Thanksgiving table. Autumnal tones are reflected in the lavish floral arrangement, which is set against an antique Chinoiserie-style folding screen.

fall tones on an elegant Thanksgiving table
Miki Duisterhoff

Dressed for Dinner

Formal Imari China by Royal Crown Derby sets the tone for a grand occasion, but scattered miniature pumpkins, kumquats, and loosely arranged flowers keep the mood easy.

Mix deep purples and harvest colors

Thanksgiving Alfresco

If weather permits, set your table outdoors -- but be sure to provide shawls for cold-natured guests. Mix colors of the harvest, including the wine harvest, for a rich autumnal setting.

Carry the decor of your table around the space (such as on the mantel of this outdoor fireplace) to create a richly festive atmosphere.

Decadently styled table

Colors of the Vine

Traditional elements such as pumpkins and transferware plates are mixed with rattan chargers and purple napkins to create a pleasing mix on the table.    

table set with terra cotta pots and succulents
Thomas J. Story

Keep It Simple

If simplcity better suits your style, try a naturally elegant table. A wooden table is surrounded by chairs that don't match, but are cohesive in tone.

A simple linen cloth is topped by terra cotta and stone pots and urns filled to the brims with plants of varying color and texture.

table set with terra cotta pots and succulents
Thomas J. Story

Natural Setting

Texture is the name of the game on this table. When paired with gleaming silver, nubby fabrics such as linen or burlap are elevated in style. Glassware shimmers against the matte, stone-colored plates, and a sprig of culinary herbs makes each placesetting special.

table set with plum and bright green
Erica George Dines

Rethink Your Scheme

A nontraditional color scheme can still be festive. Here, deep plum-colored flowers, crystal, and linens evoke an autumn feel, and the pop of bright green (introduced in the china pattern) keeps things light.

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